“As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, she said to King Ahab. ‘Go and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money. Naboth is not alive, but dead.’ As soon as King Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he set out to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.”
Everything was all clear for King Ahab to take possession of the vineyard. Jezebel brought the good tidings to King Ahab that Naboth was dead. Even though he refused money for it, now King Ahab could have the vineyard. He did exactly that as he went and took possession of the vineyard. It is interesting to note that Naboth does not seem to have children or family to pass on this vineyard. At least there is no indication in the texts. This becomes a very symbolic space of land.
“King Ahab went home resentful and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him. He had said. ‘I will not give you my ancestral inheritance.’ He lay down on his bed. He turned away his face. He would not eat. But his wife Jezebel came to him, and said. ‘Why are you so depressed that you will not eat?’ He said to her. ‘Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him. ‘Give me your vineyard for money. Or else, if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ But he answered. ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’ His wife Jezebel said to him. ‘Do you now govern Israel? Get up. Eat some food. Be cheerful. I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.’”
Ahab was once again sullen and resentful. Naboth would give him his ancestral vineyard. The king was depressed. Interesting this depression is like most depressions. He turned away his face and would not talk to people. He lay down in his bed. He would not eat. Jezebel his wife wanted to know what was wrong. He then told her the story about how Naboth would not give him his vineyard, even though he had offered him money or another vineyard. She told him not to worry. She would take care of it. He should eat some food and be cheerful. She told him he was the king of Israel, so that he should be happy. Let’s see how persuasive she can be.